Emotions play a large role in driving our decision making. If people are unaware of how their own emotions are affecting them at the time of making critical choices, they may make less than optimal decisions.

Emotion engineering using AI capabilities is one of the many areas of interest for tech entrepreneurs. Deeper analysis of the effects of neurotransmitters like DOSE (dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin, and endorphins) on our mood, sleep, behavior, reactions, and decisions may allow for the next breakthrough technology.

The future of wearable technology being able to track and perhaps alleviate emotional problems is certainly within reach.

Read the full article on Forbes: What If Wearable Technologies Can Track Our Emotions?

Analysis:

The modern business management thinker Peter Drucker once said, “If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.” This saying can also be applied to many aspects of life, even emotions. Emotions are complex as many factors can create flux in how someone feels a certain emotion. However, if we can identify the relationship between emotions and our decision making processes, we are more likely to succeed at improving them. Currently, emotions are difficult to measure accurately, but technology has been developed to identify them through various means, including by voice intonation.

Watch this video below for a talk on measuring emotions through voice:

 

Implementing emotion trackers in wearable devices would give us real-time feedback to our emotions which we may not be fully aware of all the time. With that feedback, it would then be easier for us to be aware about how emotions can affect us.

Questions for further personal evaluation:

  1. What are potential concerns of having collectible data on people’s real-time emotions through wearables?
  2. Would you want to wear such a device? Why, or why not?

Useful vocabulary:

  1. ‘frontier’: the extreme limit of understanding or achievement in a particular area
  2. ‘equanimity’: calmness and composure, especially in a difficult situation
  3. ‘coveted’: yearned to possess

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